Sunday 18 January 2015

A Little Bit About Me

I started writing when I was young, I'm not sure what specific age, but it came as naturally to me as breathing or talking did.

I loved to write fictional stories about girls who were part of big family and had a special talent and more than often found out at some point that they were witches,call it the Sabrina influence.

More often than not I would write when sitting in church and not feeling particularly interested in what the speaker was talking about, I'd start writing and let my imagination take me on a literary journey for as long and as far as I'd let it go.

When I wrote I was able to escape to whatever world my mind could create. I could be anything and do anything my imagination could conjour up. I was completely free and essentially played God to the characters I was writing about.

As I grew up and discovered Mills and Boon then Harry Potter, my writing took a more hopeless romantic turn and saw me enter the world of fanfiction. I happily spent hours writing Harry/Hermione fanfiction then tried my hand at Draco/Hermione stories just because the pairing was so much more interesting to write about.

Away from the fictional world, I started writing in a diary when I was 13. I'd just been diagnosed with Scoliosis (curvature of the spine) which was so extreme that the specialist I was referred to advised my parents that my only option was surgery and the sooner the better. I was still growing and if I didn't get it corrected before I was fully grown I'd end up a hunch back in severe pain.

Needless to say I didn't know how to deal with it, or really anything else in my life, so I wrote down my surface thoughts and emotions then bottled the rest up to deal with when I discovered how to do so.

To this day I still write in a diary every night. I've accumulated around 20 diaries now, every page covered in my inner thoughts and feelings.

When I was about 19 or 20, my life wasn't going exactly as I'd hoped or planned, so I decided it was time to start dealing with all the things I didn't know how to deal with when they happened, and after recognizing many common themes of my experiences with what I'd heard from other people, I decided the first book I'd always known I was going to write since I first developed a love of writing would be a summary of those diary entries.

Thus far I've summarized entries from the age of 13 to 19 and am at the draft/editing stage, trying to fill in the blanks to the best my memory can recall of my life as a 12 year old and leading up to my first official diary entry to give my book more balance and meaning.

As anyone who's ever written or even just tried to write a book knows, it's a long and arduous process. My original goal was to have it written, edited and published by the end of 2014, however the more I worked on it, the more I realized how ill-fitting a goal it was. Given the intensely personal nature of the book as well as me processing everything that I'd now learnt with time, understanding and life experience on my side, I've realized it's not quite that simple.

I do hope to have the book completed and published at some point this year, although when is a time frame I'm leaving open so as not to restrict myself.

Part of the reason I started this blog is to get myself out there, show the big wide world what I'm capable of so when the time does come, I'll hopefully have a ready made audience for my first book.
Since starting it though, I've found that the biggest thing for me is just writing, getting my random thoughts and ideas onto page and out into the world on the off chance that someone, somewhere in the world finds it interesting or maybe even completely understands where I'm coming from. Regardless, I've found that writing is incredibly helpful for me given how insanely cluttered my head is at any given moment. Being able to type up whatever I want to get out is a definite bonus considering how ridiculously messy my handwriting is, plus even if no one ever read it, at least I'd be able to rest knowing that I was doing everything I could to achieve the goal I set out to do.

As is quite evidence thus far, I write about my own personal experiences, my life growing up, my family, my struggles, and ultimately just any thought or idea that comes into mind that I can spin into a decent blog post. Having said that, my writing is completely subjective. As the blog name itself says 'Welcome to MY Brain'. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion as am I and this blog is full of them as will my book be.

For the sake of my friends and family, I make every effort to keep anything that could personally identify them (outside of people that actually know me and the people I mention) out of the post in respect for their privacy. Besides that, I don't think knowing a person's name is necessary to the story, you can still get the idea of their person by the way I write about them.

Finally, I just want to thank everyone who has taken the time to check out my blog and the random things that I post. I hope you continue to read my work, and that at the very least it gives you something interesting to do when you can't sleep or you have a lengthy commute ahead of you. I'd love to inspire you, open your mind and heart, encourage and uplift you, entertain and just really make you think about the world from a perspective which may differ however slightly from your own.

I'll be posting more details about my book in due course i.e when I actually have something more to say than "I'm still working on it...slowly". In the meantime, enjoy these bite size chunks of thought from the inner and not-so-inner depths of my brainn.

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